1 Stars Out Of 5
"I feel, therefore I am" religion
September 4, 2012
The author does not, thankfully, write like a seminary professor. Unfortunately, she still doesn't write clearly, and she doesn't write much like a ChristianÃ¢â¬ânot a mature one, anyway. I know it is the nature of "inspirational" books like these for the author to reveal her inner life, but as I reached the midpoint of the book, I couldn't help thinking: This woman is deep deep DEEP into herself--and loving every minute of it. I know we all go through introspective times, but for most of us the cure is, turn outwardÃ¢â¬âGod, neighbor, etc. At the risk of sounding like a simplifier, I would tell the author that she might find God more "legible" (her word) if she stared into the mirror less often. I don't know the full story of her failed marriage, but I'm guessing her delight in stewing in her own emotions probably wasn't a plus. (Husbands can get very peeved with a wife who seems to be constantly writing her autobiography.)
Shortly before reading this, I re-read a biography of Martin Luther, who spent his life post-1517 surrounded by a hectic household--wife, children, admirers, theology students, friends, etc. Our modern take on that would be, "Poor manÃ¢â¬âhad almost no time for himself!" I don't think Luther would see it that way. His situation ensured he couldn't get TOO self-absorbed, and the world can be thankful he didn't. (If you're familiar with Luther's chronic "hygiene problem," you'll probably agree with me that a painfully detailed Luther autobiography would not have been a good thing.)
I can't fail to mention that the writing is, frankly, sloppy. Granted, in a book like this we expect a few literary rules to be broken. But here the sloppy writing works in tandem with sloppy thinking to produceÃ¢â¬âwell, slop.
One closing thought: recall the old George Bernard Shaw quote: Those who can, do; those who can't, teach. I find it ironic that the author teaches "spirituality" (and, for all I know, might be good at her job), yet she presents her own inner life as a shambles. Physician, heal thyself.